MADERA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL MAKES HONOR ROLL
Reductions in cesarean sections key determinant in long term health of mothers
Madera, California. January 3, 2019: Madera Community Hospital earned recognition in 2018 for excellence in
childbirth care by achieving the federal goal of reducing births via cesarean
section (C-section). The hospital is included in the Smart Care C-section
Honor Roll, recognizing hospitals meeting or surpassed a federal target
of less than 23.9% of births via C-section in first-time mothers with
“Earning this place reaffirms our commitment and efforts in supporting
the immediate and long-term health and safety of mothers and babies in
Northern California,” said Theodore Nassar, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
and Madera Medical Staff Liaison, Madera Community Hospital. “Our
community based doctors and practitioners are dedicated toward ensuring
mothers deliver full term healthy babies and delivery vaginally when possible,”
Dr. Nassar added.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopted the Healthy People
2020 target of reducing nationwide C-section rates for low-risk, first
births to 23.9 percent. Even for these types of low-risk pregnancies,
there are huge variations in rates of C-sections among hospitals in California,
ranging from less than 15 percent to more than 70 percent.
California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) stated that the C-section
Honor Roll used 2017 hospital discharge and birth certificate data from
240 California hospitals that offer maternity services. A total of 122
hospitals made the list this year compared to 111 in 2017.
“This additional recognition is further testament of our quality
and patient safety focus,” said Karen Paolinelli, Chief Executive
Officer, Madera Community Hospital. “Madera Community Hospital’s
Smart Care designation benefits the infants, new mothers, and families
within the communities we serve,” Paolinelli added.
About Madera Community Hospital
Our 106 bed General Acute Care hospital was founded in 1971 by a group
of citizens committed to providing quality emergency and hospital services
to Madera County residents. Today Madera Community Hospital is the County’s
premier health system providing integrated care through access to primary
medical service with Rural Health Clinics in Chowchilla and Madera including
22 medical specialties. Madera Community Hospital has received numerous
awards for Labor and Delivery Care, Orthopedic Surgery and is nationally
recognized for excellent patient satisfaction and low hospital acquired
infection rates. Madera Community Hospital is accredited by the Healthcare
Facilities Accreditation Program. Visit MaderaHospital.org for more information
about Madera Community Hospital’s safety and quality scores.